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Improving productivity - Opening the black box.

By Ken Mayhew and Andrew Neely

Abstract

Hourly productivity levels in the UK still remain behind those in some competitor countries. The government devotes much policy attention to enhancing productivity and continues to emphasise its five drivers—investment, innovation, skills, enterprise, and competition. This article argues that it is investment broadly defined that is the key to sustained productivity improvement. The emphasis should be on improving productivity simultaneously with improving the quality of production. Only thus will the gains be widely shared. In achieving these aims there are two prerequisites for policy-makers. The first is to ensure better coordination of policy than appears to be currently achieved by the present departmental structures in Whitehall. The second is to recognize fully the long and complex chain of causation that can be triggered by pulling on one policy lever. Such complexity can only be fully understood by more research on what actually goes on inside the black box of the organization

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1093/oxrep
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk:1826/3305
Provided by: Cranfield CERES
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